Multiuse paths like the Warren County Bikeway are used by walkers, runners, & cyclists of all levels. Using a bell helps inform a path user when they are being passed. Here are some guidelines for all path users on bell usage. The goal is to make the path safe and pleasurable for everyone.
- Bell sounds travel farther than voice. Try ringing the bell at twice the distance you would normally use to call out “On your left”. Experiment with a good distance. If a Pedestrian is startled, then try ringing at a greater distance. Your cycling behavior should never frighten slower path users as you go past them.
- When in voice range optionally call out “On your left”.
- Look for earbuds. Pedestrians (walkers & runners) with earbuds may not have heard the signal.
- Look for small children and dogs who are more likely to suddenly move into the passing area.
- Slow down as needed to pass when it is safe to do so.
- Pass wide in case the Pedestrian suddenly changes direction.
- Smile and say, “Thank You!” when passing.
- Walk on the right side of the path. This is different from a road where pedestrians walk on the left, against traffic.
- Listen for a bell.
- Give a hand wave or some other signal acknowledging that you are aware of the cyclist passing.
- Be predictable, do not suddenly move to the left.
- If occupying the center area of the path, consider moving slightly to the right.
- Keep dogs on a short leash and out of the passing area (BTW: Dogs are not allowed on the Warren County Bikeway).
- When moving to the left, first look back to see that it is safe to do so.
- Consider only using one earbud to better hear oncoming signals.